The implementation of the Common Core Standards calls for a focus on the instruction of academic vocabulary. This vocabulary is referred to as Tier 2 or general academic words. Tier Two words are critical to understanding academic text, are more likely to appear in text than orally, require deliberate teaching, and are often multi-meaning. It is important that teachers begin teaching Tier 2 words to their students so that they better understand content area and nonfiction text and standardized test questions. This document contains 57 Tier Two word cards. Group one consists of the most frequently used set of Tier 2 words.